Read These Patriotic Plumbing Facts to Celebrate Fourth of July
Surprisingly True Plumbing Facts
Fourth of July is fast approaching, and homeowners and their families must ready themselves to celebrate in style. And what better way to do this than to learn patriotic plumbing facts!
Sure, this might be a little nerdy, but knowledge is power, and it can help people better appreciate just how far America’s infrastructure has progressed! To help people get started, here is a rundown of some surprising but true plumbing facts.
Plumbing and U.S. History
What is more American than good old-fashioned U.S. history?! Here are some fun facts people probably didn’t know. Ever heard of the Tremont House in Boston? Well, this was the first hotel in history that provided full indoor plumbing infrastructure for its guests. This included running water, and such offerings were pretty much unheard of at the time!
How about Joseph Gayetty? He was the original engineer of modern-day toilet paper. Interestingly, Joseph developed toilet paper for medical use and did not anticipate this taking off as the mainstream product it has become today. His invention came in 1857.
Finally, ever heard of Millard Fillmore? While many people probably have since he previously served as president, many people probably don’t know that he is responsible for installing flush toilets into the White House. Sure, this seems like a no-brainer these days, but it was a novel concept back when he initiated it!
While many people probably didn’t know the American history plumbing facts, there are many present-day toilet facts that may also be quite surprising. For example:
- Accidents – over 7 million Americans admit to having accidentally dropped their cellphones into toilets
- Cumulative usage – the average American spends a total of three years of their life sitting on toilets
- Toilet paper habits – toilet paper is more often (75% of the time) placed so that the flap rolls over the top instead of the back
- User preferences – statistically speaking, the first stall in a restroom tends to be the cleanest since it is generally the least used
Of course, countless other toilet facts would probably surprise many homeowners and their families. It is funny to think how much is unknown about toilets even though people use them often multiple times a day!
Other Interesting Plumbing Facts
Toilets are not the only plumbing appliance that many people don’t know much about. Let’s look at some of the other plumbing fixtures for some cool fun facts:
- Garden hoses – these originally came from fire hoses, which were made from ox intestines
- Sprinklers – 5 am to 10 am is the best window for homeowners to water their lawns, largely because of moderate temperature levels
- Pipe origins – modern-day pipes originated from the Indus River Valley civilization, which used earthen plumbing pipes to drain waste and transport water
- Sinks – the term “sink” derived from the old English word “sincan,” which refers to becoming submerged or going under
Next time homeowners and their families use the home plumbing, they might have an even greater appreciation for the history and complexity of these systems.
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